In short, France offers real magic, a return to childhood, to the pleasure of celebration against the backdrop of a legendary story, amidst animations, stories, music and lights. The Christmas in the country of castles takes place from 3 December to 2 January, with exceptional evening openings in the last month of the year: in Chinon on the 3rd, in Villadry on the 10th, in Amboise on the 17th, in Azay-le-Rideau on the 21st, in Langeais on the 28th and on the 29th at the Cité Royale of Loches. For magical Christmas paths when night falls.
Amboise: childhood dreams – It is a magical midnight that awaits visitors to the Castle of Amboise and the 12 strokes of the night before are the beginning of a special night also – perhaps above all – for the little ones. For the 2022 edition, the Royal Castle invites you to return to childhood, and go through time room after room: a night to dream.
Gastronomy in Chenonceau – The unique savoir-faire of the Atelier floral of Chenonceau and its designer Jean François Boucher takes shape this year in the art of receiving for the holidays: green tables, with mousse, button mushrooms and bunches of leaves to decorate everything. And in the famous kitchens, between chocolate and panettone, a Baroque look and large chandeliers in the splendid gallery on the water.
Myths and legends in Chinon – The Royal Fortress of Chinon welcomes a green artist’s project, with the staging of the Christmas legend “The castle swallowed by the sea”, which has all the right ingredients: the treasure castle that only appears on Christmas night and is submerged from the sea at midnight, the dragon, the princess, the fisherman who saves her… And they lived happily ever after, like the young and old visitors to Chinon, amid animations and Christmas lights.
Cite Royale of Loches – The Cité Royale of Loches revisits the story of the «Grinch», an imaginary character created by the writer and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr.Seuss, who would like to destroy the party. In Loches, the Christmas spirit envelops every space, including readings, a Christmas concert, visits to the castle in winter, vegetable creation workshops.
Delights at Azay Castle – Taste and the arts of the table are the main theme of Christmas at the Castle of Azay le Rideau, in an atmosphere that refers to the art of living of the Second Empire and the myth of Philemon and Baucis, which translates into wonderful and refined creations made with precious fabrics and period objects. Unique creations in perfect harmony with the gourmandise: silk sweets, paper eggs and pearls, lace ice creams.
Light in Langeais – Light, a symbol of rebirth, has been the protagonist of every Christmas party since the Middle Ages. And the castle of Langeais reinterprets the tradition of light, among the ancient rooms lit by candles, lanterns, garlands and sets that create the Christmas atmosphere, children waiting for gifts, a procession of angels in a golden aura.. Total immersion in the magic of Christmas in a splendid medieval residence, among narrated itineraries and themed workshops.
The nature of Villandry – At Villandry Castle, nature is the protagonist. From the dining room to the bedrooms to the kitchen, the extension of the gardens creates a special atmosphere: in the attic one discovers the “enchanted forest” where trees, shrubs, leaves, woodland animals, birds recreate a vegetable fairy tale, from the windows contemplate the gardens in winter version. Nature takes over Villandry for an enchanting Christmas experience.